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Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up [Kindle Edition]

Francis Chan , Preston Sprinkle
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How could a loving God send people to hell? Will people have a chance after they die to believe in Jesus and go to heaven?

With a humble respect for God's Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They've asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. But as they write, "We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue."

This is not a book about who is saying what. It's a book about what God says. It's not a book about impersonal theological issues. It's a book about people who God loves. It's not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It's a book about the character of God.

Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.

A pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impact and is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.


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A pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impact and is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.

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516 of 547 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chan & Sprinkle Leave No Doubt June 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
After watching the promotional video from David C. Cook Publishing I was excited to read a book by an author whom I deeply respect and even admire for their previous emotional & challenging works. After watching the video I expected Erasing Hell to be a exegetical and challenging study of the topic of hell from a Biblical perspective by an author passionate about the truth.

I had expectations when I started reading Erasing Hell. Were my expectations correct? Yes.

Francis Chan and co-author, Preston Sprinkle (whom Chan admits did . . . "the majority of the research" pg. 11) do a phenomenal job of examining the context of scripture and presenting the Biblical truth about the realities of hell. This book is a sobering reminder of how we as Western Christians and the Western church have watered down the language of hell to appeal to our own comfort, when in reality the words that Jesus and others used in the Bible are both intimidating and clear: Hell is a real place and many people will go there.

WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE

Maybe I missed the point but after watching the promotional video I was expecting Chan & Sprinkle to present their own Biblical study of hell, which they did, however I did not expect them to spend so much time challenging the book: Love Wins by Rob Bell. I am not 100% sure why I did not expect this from Chan, but regardless it was my expectation. In no way do they "bash" Bell or throw him under the bus like many other Evangelical authors, pastors and leaders have been doing over the past few months, but they definitively challenge quotes, thoughts and passages of scripture directly from Love Wins.
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230 of 254 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chan's least interesting book.... July 4, 2011
Format:Paperback
I picked up Chan and Sprinkle's book on hell and read it in a day. As other commenters have noted, it is not a bad book. But, it also is not a compelling read either. It appears to have been written as a counter to Rob Bell's book "Love Wins" and, in that sense, it presents some notable rebuttals to some of Bell's points. But, unfortunately, after reading it, I felt like I had not actually read a whole book, but only a "Cliff's Notes" version. Too often, I got to the end of a chapter or a section and thought "where's the rest of it?" There were many points that were tossed out there interestingly, but then not expanded on. I was often left wanting more on the subject and feeling like I had just gotten a summary rather than an analysis.

To me, Chan and Sprinkle were not really attempting to explain hell in more detail, but only to rebut a few limited points from Rob Bell's book. As such, it should not be subtitled "What God said about eternity, and the things we've made up." Rather, it should be something much more limited and simpler, like "Rebutting some misconceptions about hell." That is really all it does -- although I do think it does that effectively. But, to give the impression it is a more detailed discussion of hell is not really accurate. Perhaps this is because Chan and Sprinkle are wrestling themselves with where they come out on understanding hell. From comments in the book, they clearly give both annihilationism and eternal conscious torment views a fair seat within orthodoxy. And, although Chan clearly supports eternal conscious torment, he also goes to some length to indicate that annihilationism is a possible view from an exegesis of the scriptures.
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131 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Challenging Reminder that Eternity is at Stake July 4, 2011
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I had some trepidation about even reading Erasing Hell, let alone reviewing it. Part of that stems from a desire to not continue to tread the same ground, over and over again. The rest of my uneasiness came from another (greater) concern: Am I spending too much time thinking about hell? Worse, am I turning thinking about it into another academic exercise that doesn't really have any impact on my life?

If you're concerned about that tendency in your own life, you'll be thankful to read Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up. Here, Francis Chan and co-author Preston Sprinkle offer a foundational understanding of what Scripture actually says about hell while explaining why it actually matters.

In case you were wondering, yes, this book is a direct response to Rob Bell's Love Wins. Chan and Sprinkle interact heavily with the former work, carefully addressing the significant issues raised in its pages in Chan's now-trademark conversational style.

One of the big questions in the Love Wins controversy centers on whether or not Christian universalism and the opportunity for post-mortem salvation is defensible from Scripture. The authors quickly move through a handful of the major proof texts offered in defense of universalism to focus on to the larger issue of post-mortem salvation. In their search for proof texts in its defense, they found exactly none.

"No passage in the Bible says that there will be a second chance after death to turn to Jesus," they write on page 35. "And that's frightening . . . because the idea of an after-death conversion is the most important ingredient for the Universalist position. It makes or breaks the view.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Everyone should read this book
Excellent! Everyone should read this book, very enlightening!
Published 3 days ago by David J. Hagen
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend highly
Incredible author who makes depth on a difficult subject easy to understand.
Published 9 days ago by L. Osborne
3.0 out of 5 stars Not completely honest
A good basic study of eternal judgment. However, not intellectually honest. Annihilationism is dealt with and presented as a valid biblical position but not mentioned in the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Theresa Gomes
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you a great perspective on Hell and that it is real.
I was extremely convicted after reading this book on how little I consider hell and it's reality and that it awaits all those who deny Jesus and I not giving up everything to... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Arlee
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled "DEFENDING THE TRADITIONS OF MEN !" POORLY WRITTEN...
This book is poorly written.They claim it's an important topic and then leave out other important scriptures saying "we won't take time or space to cover them". Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't say enough about it. A very vital message to get out there.
Published 1 month ago by Rita Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond thought provoking...eye opening!
I can appreciate Francis Chan in many ways. He is admittedly flawed, terribly so. Yet, he is incredibly humble and gracious almost to a fault. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Great Read! Very straight forward explanation and thought process. Really made me think about what and how I believe about Hell.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Very convicting. I wish more people would talk about ...
Very convicting. I wish more people would talk about the reality of hell and the facts of scripture.
Published 1 month ago by upgram
5.0 out of 5 stars Great response to "Love Wins"
Heartfelt and easy to understand. Chan's heart for people is contagious. Beautifully written and wonderfully, thoughtfully supported by scriptural references.
Published 1 month ago by Ms Missy
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